More on auction of Kauai treasures, 1873.

A REAL CURIOSITY.—We noticed in the window of Whitney’s Bookstore recently, a real curiosity of the olden time, being the feather helmet (mahi-ole) of Kaumualii, the last King of Kauai. It is a very rare specimen of the ancient handiwork of these Islands, and ought to be purchased by the government, for the museum for the establishment of which the Legislature made a provision last summer.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 2/22/1873, p. 3)

A Real Curiosity.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XVII, Number 34, Page 3. February 22, 1873.

Treasures up for auction, 1873.





Saturday, – – – March 8

At 10 o’clock, Morning.

At the Auction House of E. P. Adams [E. P. Adamu]

The items below are thought to be between 60 and a 100 years old. Those being these:

One Mahiole of Bird Feathers.—The Mahiole belonged to the King of Kauai, and was carefully cared for. It is believed to be the only feather mahiole preserved to this day.

Feather Lei.—They are all cared for well.

Bird-Feather Pihapiha, Worn by the Alii Family of Kauai.

Hair and Palaoa Lei, that were worn.

Niihau Mats, Rare.

Hawaiian Kapa that were Pounded and dyed strange colors.

Decorative Dog-Teeth Lei, Bound to the feet when dancing.

Bracelets [Kupee], of Shell and Ivory, Hard to find.

Wooden Bowls and wooden idol bowls [ipu laau hoomana kii]

Beautiful Shells and Koa Bowls.

Various shells and other antiquities, too many to list.

Hawaiians are invited, they will be available for auction if your go there this morning.



[I wonder how these ended up here, and what became of them…

The English ad can be found in The Hawaiian Gazette of March 3, 1873, p. 5.]

(Kuokoa, 3/8/1873, p. 3)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 10, Aoao 3. Maraki 8, 1873.

Queen Liliuokalani’s jewelry auctioned off, 1924.


Approximately $17,496.50 was made from the jewelry of this and that sort, of the Queen’s that was auctioned off on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, and through this sum along with some of the estate of Liliuokalani, a home for orphaned children will be built.

Queen Liliuokalani had a great deal of adornments, from those made of gold and inlaid with diamonds, to lei made with the feathers of Hawaiian birds; there were many who bought them, for as high as thousands of dollars to just a few dollars.

[All of this jewelry apparently went for a steal…]

(Kuokoa, 4/3/1924, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 14, Aoao 1. Aperila 3, 1924.

Liliuokalani’s personal adornments sold, 1924.

Liliu’s Gold Necklaces are Auctioned Off.

In accordance with the wishes of the deceased Queen Liliuokalani, the board of trustees of the estate of the the deceased announced the auctioning off of the gold adornments of the deceased queen. In one of the rooms on the bottom of the Young Hotel in Honolulu, on this Tuesday, March 25, the auction began of the adornments: the diamond rings, the diamond bracelets, the diamond necklaces, the earrings, the stickpins, and many other items. Colonel C. Piehu Iaukea made known the wishes of Liliuokalani to build a house to care for orphaned girls of all ethnicities, in Honolulu, and the Hawaiian girls were the first in her heart.

On the first day, this Tuesday, $11,360.50 was made. The auction was continued on another day. It is not known what the total is at this time.

The houses intended for these orphaned children probably cannot be built with just the funds from these jewels, because these valuables were sold in Honolulu at a place where it was believed that they would go for cheap, and the gold craftsmen of Honolulu said that the prices bid on these treasures of Hawaii nei were just like throwing them away. If it was held in a town of ten million people or more, like London, New York, or Paris, where millionaires reside, then proper prices might have been gotten, however, here in Hawaii, where there are no millionaires, high prices are not attained.

Perhaps if it is included with the rest of Liliuokalani’s estate, then it will be enough to build this type of facility, for it will need over a hundred thousand more dollars for that kind of place. On top of that is the expenses for the care taking and for the executives, which would be some hundreds of thousands of dollars more, and where would this all come from? The treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen, Pharaoh of Egypt, who died over 3,000 years ago, is estimated at over a billion dollars today.

(Kuokoa, 3/27/1924, p. 2)

Na lei gula o Liliu ua kudala ia

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XVII, Helu 44, Aoao 2. Maraki 27, 1924.

Sad fate of Kaiulani’s carriage. 1921.


During these days when automobiles [kaa oto] are very wide spread, the beautiful horse-drawn carriages [kaalio] of the alii of times past are obsolete, and this was seen when the lovely carriage of Princess Kaiulani was put up for auction at the auction house of Will E. Fisher this past Tuesday.

During times past, when automobiles were not so widespread, beautiful carriages were watched, like the horse-drawn carriage of Princess Kaiulani, which was one of the small and beautiful carriages around. On Tuesday, the carriage was taken to the auction house of Mr. Fisher and a flag was tied on to that vehicle. With much words of appreciation for the car by Mr. Fisher, the carriage in which Princess Kaiulani rode around in while she was living; there however were no bidders. The asking price went from $100 to $50, to $25, and to $10, until it fell to $5, and a Portuguese man added a dollar to that, and the car went to him for $6. When the carriage was won by that Portuguese man, he explained that he had no idea what he was going to do with it.

A carriage like the hacks [kaa pio] always seen on the roads today, but with two seats behind the seat of the driver, and owned by the carriage house of Queen Liliuokalani, was sold some time ago, and it went for five dollars.

These are terribly not good days for the horse-drawn carriage, because there is an abundance of automobiles, and people prefer autos while carriages are being ridiculed.

[Does anyone know what happened to Kaiulani’s carriage or the one that belonged to Liliuokalani, after they were sold, and where they are now, if they are still in existence? I have seen Keelikolani’s carriage at the Bishop Museum.]

(Kuokoa, 9/23/1921, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIX, Helu 38, Aoao 2. Sepatemaba 23, 1921.

Now this is one huge hapuupuu (sea bass)! 1917.


This Monday, a Japanese went out fishing on his 33 feet boat. When he was outside of Makua, close by Waianae, while he was letting out his line to fish, and as he pulled, it was as if his hook was stuck, and this Japanese didn’t think that he had hooked a huge fish, but he figured it out when the fish began to drag him and his tiny boat. The fish was left to do as it pleased, being that he realized that he would not be able to pull in this huge fish because it was too strong to pull in the water. He followed after the fish for a long period of time, and when the Japanese saw that the fish had grown weak, that was when he pulled it to the side of his boat and returned to Honolulu nei.

When this fish reached the fish market, it was auctioned off and was sold to the Chinese with a $100 cash.

After going to the Chinese, it was immediately cut up into small pieces at 50¢ a pound, and at that price, the money got by the Chinese through retail sale was $265; the gross sale [?] was about $365; and so the Chinese who sold the fish profited about $265.

They say that everything was sold, nothing was left. In the fishing profession, Japanese make a lot of money, when it was work done by Hawaiians in years past; these days, the work has gone to these people. These people are not better prepared at fishing than Hawaiians, but the problem lies in that Hawaiians neglect this money-making profession, and because of this, it moved into the hands of other people.

Look at the great profit this Japanese made in one day, so therefore, O Hawaiians, you must keep up so that you will be prepared in this profession from now on, and that goes for farming as well—that is the only road to living comfortably and independently.

[The current “Hawaii State Record” seems to be recorded as 563 pounds. Take a look at Hawaii Fishing News.]

(Aloha Aina, 1/27/1917, p. 4)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XXII, Helu 4, Aoao 4. Ianuari 27, 1917.